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Measurable wave length properties

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:18 pm
by Daniela Alvarado 3B
In the worked example presented in lecture today when asked if the car has any measurable wave like properties, what exactly helps determine if the answer is yes or no after finding the wavelength?

Re: Measurable wave length properties

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:09 pm
by jane_ni_2d
It depends on the wavelength- if the wavelength is too small, it will not be measurable. Around 10 x ^-18 nm is when wavelengths become measurable. Smaller than that, the wavelengths are not measurable.

Re: Measurable wave length properties

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:52 pm
by marcus lin 1E
Yeah I think Dr. Lavelle's point is that the wavelength is only measurable in a quantum context. It doesn't seem to be something to stress over for the quizzes and tests.

Re: Measurable wave length properties

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:21 pm
by Nicole Jakiel 4F
You determine yes or no based on the numerical value you get after calculating the wavelength of the object. Extremely small numbers will not have wavelength properties as they are unlikely to be detected.